Yemen

Arming Saudi Arabia: Philip Hammond at the Controls

Neil Durkin | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Maybe we shouldn't fret. As with the old reggae producers (King Tubby et al), we've apparently got our top people in the control room when it comes to the Saudi-Yemen onslaught (Philip Hammond, you might say, is "at the controls"). No, let's stop worrying and learn to love the bombing campaign in Yemen. Now repeat after me, "We have some of the most stringent export controls ...".

Millions of Children in Yemen Are Trapped in a War They Cannot Escape

Julien Harneis | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Julien Harneis

What can be done to protect the children in Yemen? The warring parties and those advising them, including the United Kingdom, must work to ensure that civilians are neither killed nor injured, and that schools and hospitals are not bombed.

Why Campaigners Are Threatening Legal Action to Stop UK Arms Exports to Saudi

Andrew Smith | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Countries like Saudi Arabia aren't just buying UK arms, they are also buying political support and very often silence about the human rights abuses they preside over. Changing this will take more than the cancellation of a few licences. It will need a complete overhaul of government foreign policy and an end to the hypocrisy at the heart of it.

On the Precipice of Disaster

Michael Van Koesveld | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK
Michael Van Koesveld

Since the conflict escalated in March last year, 30 civilians are made casualties of war every day in Yemen. Houses and hospitals are bombed, whole civilian areas cut-off and under siege, and people are fleeing for their lives on a daily basis. After nine months of fighting, the country is sinking into a disaster of immense proportions and deeply tragic consequences.

It's Time to Support Legal Action to Stop Arming Saudi Arabia

James Crawley | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics
James Crawley

As UK citizens it's important we stand in solidarity with CAAT's legal action, lending our signatures to their online petition, and lobbying our MPs to take a stand in the commons. It is clear, now more than ever, that the UK has to review this destructive trade relationship. It's time for the UK to #StopArmingSaudi.

#WhatWouldYouDo?

Simon O'Connell | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Simon O'Connell

For decades, Mercy Corps has worked with refugee and displaced populations, we know that building walls does not work. Europe's Schengen Agreement must remain in place and we must avoid the simplistic pretence that fences can be placed at our borders to preserve our economic well-being and security.

Overlooked By the Outside World, Conflict in Yemen Continues Unabated

David Jones | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Politics
David Jones

In the space of just eight months since the latest conflict broke out in late March, the numbers in need of humanitarian assistance have risen to over 80% of the population: a staggering 21.2million people, including almost 10million children. Over 1,500 children have been killed and injured as a result of the war... It is increasingly urgent that everything possible be done to halt the catastrophic loss of life.

Philip Hammond: I Want Us To Sell More Weapons To Saudi Arabia

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Politics

Philip Hammond wants more UK trade with Saudi Arabia, despite calling for a “proper investigation” into claims of breaches of international humani...

Saudi Arabia: Going Rogue

Alistair Burnett | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

We haven't heard much about rogue states since George W Bush's tenure in the White House ended, but maybe the term should be revived and applied to one of America's closest allies - Saudi Arabia.

Whilst Europe Focusses on Syria's Mass Migration, A Larger Crisis Is Growing in Yemen

Christopher J Stewart | Posted 01.11.2015 | UK Politics
Christopher J Stewart

Without a greater effort from Western and European policymakers to consider the impact of Saudis' bombing campaign, millions of refugees will soon be fleeing famine, water shortages and war, and joining the millions of refugees from Syria risking everything to reach the borders of Europe. If the West is unable to see Yemen as more than just a threat to their security, discussions on how to support it will go hand-in-hand with how best to bomb it.

UK Turns Back on UN Protection of Civilians

Thomas Nash | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK
Thomas Nash

The UK is set to break with a 15-year tradition by refusing to hold an open debate on the protection of civilians during its presidency of the UN Secu...

If Jeremy Corbyn is Offending the Saudi Regime Then he's Doing Something Right

Andrew Smith | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Corbyn should take the Ambassador's comments as a badge of honour and a sign that he's doing the right thing. However, it will take the words and actions of people from across all parties and wider society if the UK is to finally change its policy and end its support for the oppressive and authoritarian House of Saud.

12 Under-Reported News Stories You Need To Know About

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 24.10.2015 | UK

The age of the 24-hour rolling news channel is one in which it would seem almost impossible to miss a beat on world events in which governments topple...

Russia: Anything You Can Do...

Alistair Burnett | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

Watching Russia's military intervention in Syria unfold has taken me back to my secondary school days when we put on the musical Annie Get Your Gun.

Six Months of Brutal War in Yemen Puts Millions of Children in Danger

David Bull | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK
David Bull

As we mark six months of conflict in Yemen, we must continue to call for all parties to respect the lives of civilians and children. We must continue to work to improve the lives of these children so that they can enjoy their childhood again.

Yemen - The Unknown Humanitarian Crisis

David Jones | Posted 25.09.2015 | UK Politics
David Jones

Today marks the six month anniversary of the start of the conflict in Yemen, which has affected the lives of 21million people, including 9.9million children. With the situation deteriorating every day, the world's biggest humanitarian crisis continues unabated.

The Gulf Gamble Will Destroy What Remains of Yemen

Alia Eshaq | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Alia Eshaq

There will be no "liberation" of Sana'a, or any governorate in the north of Yemen for that matter. Instead, what remains of Yemen's fragile state stru...

The UK Says It Is a Global Humanitarian Leader, So Why Won't It Condemn Banned Weapons?

Thomas Nash | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Thomas Nash

The UK's attempt to justify its refusal to condemn cluster munition use on the basis of article 21 was not founded in legal analysis, but in political desperation. Although the UK argued that the language of the Dubrovnik outcome documents should be changed, states parties to the ban treaty rightly rejected the UK's objection and collectively issued an emphatic condemnation of use.

Childhood Under Attack in Yemen

David Bull | Posted 30.08.2015 | UK
David Bull

The conflict in Yemen is a tragedy for the country's children. I wish I could make it stop. Despite the dangers and difficulties, Unicef staff are in the country and working day and night delivering vital, life-saving supplies, immunising children, providing emergency nutrition and clean water, and helping children wherever we can. Unicef only have a fraction of the funds we need and are stretched thin. We can help more children but only with your support.

The Worst Place to Be a Woman This Year Got Even Worse

Laurie Adams | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK
Laurie Adams

Yemen may not be the worst place in the world to be a woman - being under the control of Islamic State may have that dubious honour - but it is perhaps the biggest crisis that is getting the least attention.

Yemen: Proxy War and War by Proxy

Alistair Burnett | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK
Alistair Burnett

Iraq and Syria get most of the headlines in western media given the current focus on the threat from Islamic State to European and American interests and citizens, as well as the direct involvement of western military forces in the campaign against IS. But there's also a war going on in Yemen...

UK Arms Export Controls Are Broken and the Consequences Are Deadly

Andrew Smith | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

When countries like the UK sell weapons it doesn't just facilitate the attacks they are used in, it also sends a message of support to the governments that are carrying them out. For this to change it will require more than a few platitudes about human rights. It will need a complete overhaul of government priorities and an end to the hypocrisy that is at the heart of foreign policy.

As Yemen Burns, the World Watches

Keith Vaz | Posted 26.07.2015 | UK Politics
Keith Vaz

Yemen should be at the top of the diplomatic and international development agenda. Given Yemen's strategic location on the Gulf, the existence of multiple terrorist organizations and an unprecedented humanitarian situation, this fight is one the international community simply cannot afford to lose.

Salman at the Beach: The Saudi King's Commandeering of a Stretch of the French Riviera Is Hardly Crime of the Century

Neil Durkin | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

Yes, it puts the beach blanket babylon of the Vallauris row into perspective. How many grains of sand are there on that private beach in Vallauris? A lot, but not as many as the sum total of human rights violations in Salman's authoritarian kingdom in the past few years.

The UK is Complicit in the Destruction of Yemen

Andrew Smith | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK
Andrew Smith

The bombardment has been supported by the US and the UK, with both governments giving political and military support to the Saudi regime.